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Eldercare litigation against employers increases

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Employee Benefit News, Health, HR Issues | 0 comments

October 9, 2017 — As the number of employees that care for sick or aging parents increases, so do their claims of employer discrimination. A 2016 Family Responsibilities Discrimination Litigation Update from the University of California Hastings College of the Law documents a 650% jump in litigation involving eldercare during the previous decade. There is no one overarching federal law that protects employees with eldercare responsibilities. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act of...

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Domo focuses on family-friendly benefits

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Employee Benefit News, Health, Quality of Life | 0 comments

By Sheryl Smolkin Published June 18 2017 — Married for over seven years, Jarrick and Michelle Tilby have been unable to conceive a child. That’s why when Jarrick’s employer Domo unveiled a program to offer employees fertility benefits, they immediately called to set up an appointment. “Growing our family is quite frankly the most important thing in our lives,” Tilby acknowledges. Having tried the fertility drug Clomid to no avail, the couple was saving up to pay for...

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Why smart employers are offering fertility benefits

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Employee Benefit News, Health, Quality of Life | 0 comments

By Sheryl Smolkin Published May 14 2017 — Come Recommended founder and president Heather Huhman knows firsthand the challenges of dealing with infertility while working in a busy office. Over the span of five years, Huhman went through IVF seven times, suffered four miscarriages and gave birth to stillborn twins before having her daughter Aurora in January 2016. “While battling infertility for five years, it defined me. I let it run my life. I stopped taking time off from work...

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Benefits experts say Trump Supreme Court pick will be good for business

Posted by on Feb 5, 2017 in Employee Benefit News, Legal | 0 comments

By Sheryl Smolkin Published February 01 2017, 12:18pm EST — Based on his previous track record, benefits experts expect that Trump Supreme Court appointee Justice Neil Gorsuch will generally side with the four other conservative judges who most often favor a pro-business approach. But they also recognize that, because benefits issues are very nuanced, it is impossible to predict how particular judges will rule in specific cases in spite of their perceived personal...

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Penguin Random House to offer student loan repayment benefit in 2017

Posted by on Feb 5, 2017 in Employee Benefit News, Financial benefits, Millenials | 0 comments

By Sheryl Smolkin Published December 20 2016, 3:25am EST Penguin Random House recently announced that it is partnering with Gradifi to offer its employees financial assistance to help reduce their student loan debt. The first book publishing company to offer student loan repayment assistance joins the ranks of other progressive companies, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, First Republic Bank and Natixis Global Asset Management, in offering this innovative benefit. Current statistics...

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How employers can increase the value of cancer benefits

Posted by on Feb 5, 2017 in Employee Benefit News, Health | 0 comments

By Sheryl Smolkin Published November 15 2016, 7:02pm EST When an employee or family member is diagnosed with cancer, they face anxieties and fears about the financial, emotional and practical implications of this life-changing finding. A new report from the Northeast Business Group on Health offers employers guidance on how to help patients get higher value clinical care for the dollars spent on treatment. “We decided to do the research and produce this report because cancer as a...

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